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Clindagel is a prescription topical gel medication that is used to treat acne vulgaris. It contains clindamycin phosphate. Clindamycin phosphate belongs to a class of drugs called Topical Acne Agents. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria that contribute to acne. Clindagel may be used alone or with other medications.
Uses and Dosage
Use Clindagel Gel only on the skin and typically applied once or twice daily. Follow all directions on the product package or use as directed by your doctor.
To use Clindagel Gel, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before using the medication.
- Clean the affected area of the skin and pat it dry.
- Apply a thin layer of Clindagel Gel to the affected area and gently rub it in.
- Use the medication as directed by your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Clindagel (Clindamycin Phosphate):
- Oily skin
- Skin peeling
- Redness on the area
Serious Side Effects of Clindagel (Clindamycin Phosphate):
- Abdominal pain
- Blood in the stool
- Diarrhea that is watery or bloody (even if it occurs months after your last dose)
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent diarrhea
- Severe redness, itching, or dryness of treated skin areas
- Severe stomach pain
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Form and Strength
Clindagel (Clindamycin Phosphate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Clindagel: Topical Gel
- Clindagel is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to clindamycin or lincomycin, or a history of regional enteritis, ulcerative colitis, or antibiotic-associated colitis.
- Clindagel should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.
- Clindagel should be used with caution in atopic individuals and in patients receiving neuromuscular blocking agents.
- Diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and pseudomembranous colitis have been reported with topical clindamycin. Discontinuation is recommended if diarrhea develops.
- Orally and parenterally administered clindamycin has been associated with severe colitis (beginning up to several weeks following cessation of treatment), which may result in patient death.
- Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, or any areas of broken skin. If you accidentally get medication in these areas, rinse well with plenty of cool water.
- Orally and parenterally administered clindamycin has been reported in breast milk; because of the risk of adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, depending on the importance of the drug to the mother.
- The safety and effectiveness in children under 12 have not been established.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long does it take for Clindagel to work?
It may take several weeks to see an improvement in the appearance of acne after starting treatment with Clindagel. Continue using the medication as directed, even if you do not see immediate results.
Can I use Clindagel if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Discuss the risks and benefits of using Clindagel during pregnancy or while breastfeeding with a healthcare provider. While there are no well-controlled studies in pregnant or breastfeeding women, clindamycin has been shown to cross the placenta and be excreted in breast milk.
Can Clindagel be used on sensitive skin?
Clindagel can cause skin irritation, particularly in individuals with sensitive skin. Use the medication as directed and avoid applying it to areas of skin that are already irritated, sunburned, or broken.
Can I apply makeup or sunscreen over Clindagel?
Yes, you can apply makeup, sunscreen, or other skin care products over Clindagel after it has been absorbed into the skin. Wait a few minutes after applying the gel before applying other products.
Is a prescription needed for Clindagel?
Yes, Clindagel is a prescription medication that can only be obtained with a prescription from a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Clindagel from verified Canadian pharmacy.